John and Constance Curran Charitable Foundation
Conferences, lectures and symposia, made possible in part by a generous endowment from the John and Constance Curran Charitable Foundation, have featured timely and though provoking topics:
A Three-Year Study of the Future of the Catholic Community in the United States
The study includes 90 scholars and church leaders – academics, journalists, bishops, diocesan officials, and youth ministers – to discuss with each other (and then with much broader publics) the challenges and opportunities facing the Catholic community in the United States in a new century.
Anti-Catholicism: The Last Acceptable Prejudice?
Conference presenters included William Donohue, Ph.D., the Catholic League for Civil and Religious Rights; the Rev. Andrew Greeley, director of the National Opinion Research Center, University of Chicago; Alan Wolfe, Ph.D., director of The Boisi Center, Boston College; and Ken Woodward, religion editor, Newsweek.
Urbanism and American Religion
Conference presenters included Jon Butler, Ph.D., Yale University’s William
Robertson Coe Professor of American Studies and History, professor of
religious studies and author of a major study on religion in New York City.
One Church,Many Cultures: The Legacy of Joseph P. Fitzpatrick, S.J.
Conference speakers included Roberto Gonzales, Archbishop of San Juan, Puerto Rico; Timothy Matovina, Ph.D., University of Notre Dame; Ana Maria Diaz Stevens, Ph.D., Union Theological Seminary.
New Directions in American Catholic Studies
Conference presenters included Mary Gordon, Millicent McIntosh Professor of English at Barnard College, essayist and bestselling novelist; Elizabeth A. Johnson, C.S.J., Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Theology at Fordham University; and David Gibson, Vatican journalist and author.
Between Heaven and Earth: The Religious Worlds People Make and the Scholars Who Study Them
Book forum participants included: Robert Orsi, Ph.D., Harvard University;
Elizabeth A. Johnson, C.S.J., Ph.D., Fordham University; and Kathryn Tanner, Ph.D., University of Chicago.